Tree Climbing With Greens Of The Stone Age – A Lovely Review Of Our EcoSplash RangeSeptember 24, 2018 • Outdoor Ideas
Here’s a lovely review from the wonderful Georgie from Greens of the Stone Age capturing her adorable daughter Anya (a big fan of tree climbing!). See how she’s put our EcoSplash jacket and trousers to the test.
My 4-year-old daughter Anya recently started primary school and so we had been on the hunt for a sturdy, warm and waterproof jacket for the school runs. We live roughly a mile away, so as you can imagine trekking that distance in the North Yorkshire weather at this time of year can be none too pleasant. As her school runs Forest School once a week she also needed some waterproof trousers to protect her school uniform from getting muddy.
We try to live as much of a zero waste, eco-friendly, and sustainable life as possible but finding products that can perform well, are affordable, and care for the environment can be notoriously difficult. I usually look for companies that upcycle or recycle but also take part in charity work or a giving back initiative. After a little bit of Googling I came across the amazing Muddy Puddles. I was so happy to hear that all of their products are made from recycled fabrics and are sustainably sourced and produced. Muddy Puddles hold an IS2009 certification which simply means that the staff in the factories are looked after to a high standard and production is always practised to the highest level of safety. What really drew me to them though, is that they support a few charities and any faulty garments that are still in a wearable condition are donated to refugees which really warmed my heart.
Although I was naturally drawn to the luminous yellow, chevron lined Puddleflex Jacket, Anya’s eyes lit up at the planet emblazoned EcoSplash Fleece Lined Jacket and so the rest was history, or so they say. She is a little bit of a diva and a space junky, so when she settled her mind on it I wasn’t going to argue – I’m sure a lot of you will relate! It made sense to pick up the matching EcoSplash Trousers too and Anya liked the fact that they were ‘furry’ on the inside just like her jacket. When the package arrived I was so happy to see that the vibrant rain drop patterned outer packaging was made from paper. You can recycle it or even better – upcycle it by getting crafty with the kids!
We decided to take the gear for a test drive around our local wildlife reserve and woodland where we often like to forage for apples, blackberries, cobnuts, rosehip, and sloe berries. Anya really likes running around, climbing trees, and foraging but often gets tangled up in thorny bushes and long grass. Her new Muddy Puddles garb certainly managed to battle the elements well. She was really surprised and super happy that she wasn’t getting prickled in the legs or arms which meant that she could get stuck in on the action more than usual. It was so lovely to see.
Once she got to climbing up trees you could see that the jacket and trousers weren’t restrictive at all and they seemed to be really flexible. Anya is quite the fusspot and will let you know if something is annoying her so I was relieved not to hear a single complaint on our outing. Getting home it was great to just be able to whip off the jacket and trousers to find that she was dry and clean. The less laundry the better in my books!
Since then we’ve done numerous school runs with one during a ridiculously heavy bout of rain. When we got back everything under the jacket was dry as a bone – even the inside of the pockets thanks to the fully waterproofed zips. The sherpa lining kept Anya cosy and warm and I think it’s really helped her feel comforted in her new school environment. Her favourite things about her new jacket are the reflective print planets and the fact that she can make her sleeves into monsters by pulling her arms into the sleeves and wiggling them about.
Personally I love the jacket for all of the reflective detailing on the zips, making late night adventures safe but also convenient for when little ones have to put that stone or leaf into their pocket! Both the jacket and trousers are waterproof up to 5m – this means that if you put a tube on top of the jacket and filled it with water that is how far it would fill up before leaking through. So as you can imagine that’s a lot of rainfall. It also means that when your little one kneels in a puddle it’s not going to soak through and ruin your outdoor adventure. The elasticated cuffs on the trousers mean nothing is going to get through and the elasticated waistband means your little one will be comfortable, even with a few layers underneath in the winter months.
So, all in all I am so impressed with Muddy Puddles and will definitely purchase another jacket when Anya grows out of this one. And remember – keep recycling your plastic bottles because one day they may well just turn into one of these beautiful garments!
Georgie is an award-winning blogger and mum of 3 brave explorers. Connect with Georgie: